In what today's (Monday) Sydney Morning Herald described as a "landmark finding," an Australian Supreme Court judge has ruled that a cartoon in which child characters looking like Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson engage in sex acts, amounts to child pornography. A lower-court justice had fined Alan John McEwan A$3,000, a verdict that McEwan immediately appealed, maintaining that cartoon characters "plainly and deliberately" depart from the human form. However Justice Michael Adams ruled that although the cartoons did not realistically represent human beings, they could "fuel demand for material that does involve the abuse of children."

08/12/2008